The local creative industry is just one of the many sectors that have been hard-hit by the global pandemic Covid-19.

In the form of a grant, financial assistance would be given to artistes and creatives affected by cancelled exhibitions, classes, conferences, workshops, and other culturing events between March and December 2020.

The grant is being facilitated by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture, and the Arts in the form of a one-off payment of $5,000.

 To be eligible for the grant, applicants should be:

• Individuals involved in the Cultural Sector

• Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago

• Eighteen years and over

• Artistes in the areas of: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Fine Arts, Craft

• Persons who have not received any other COVID-19 related Salary Relief Government grant in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ministry will reduce the rental cost of national performance spaces by 50 per cent until December 2020. These include the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Southern Academy for the Performing Arts, Queen’s Hall and Naparima Bowl.

Cultural Relief Grant application forms will be available nationwide from next week - further information will be made available to the public on where these can be accessed. The list of supporting documentation required for application will be posted on the Ministry's website and FB page.

Queries can be made to or persons can contact the Ministry's Grants Secretariat at 225-2322 ext. 5230/5226/5227/5228.


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